possum creek skatepark
City: Gainesville, FLorida
Size: 18,000 sq. ft.
Role: Skatepark Designer and Builder
Year Built: 2010
For the skaters, parents and community members who had spent years advocating for a state-of-the-art public facility in Gainesville, the Possum Creek Skatepark is nothing short of a dream come true.
One of Florida’s premiere skateboarding landscapes, the park is a triangular expanse of unique terrain. The park’s focus on aesthetic symmetry and a diversity of skateable features makes it a one-of-a-kind destination skatepark. This captivating skatepark features modern plaza elements, a traditional multi-level bowl and inspiring obstacles which allow skaters to transition through the park’s integrated landscaping. These landscaped areas give the skater’s the feeling of a real urban environment, while providing opportunities for eco-friendly stormwater management.
With grant deadlines fast approaching, Spohn Ranch dramatically shortened their construction timeline by utilizing a revolutionary form of construction involving precision-cast concrete skate features. Approximately half of the park’s features were precision-cast in our off-site concrete facility. At the same time, site work and methodical on-site concrete pours were able to move forward. After only 28 days on site, construction of the 18,000 sq ft skatepark was complete – an extraordinary feat, unheard of in the world of skatepark construction.
With thoughtful consideration for balancing transition and street skating styles, this skatepark’s design accommodates the full spectrum of skaters – from those who are just learning, to those who demand challenging terrain where they can perfect their craft. For more info on this remarkable community project, check out our testimonial from Patrick Byrne, the City’s project manager.